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Oct
22

Target found to prevent kidney complications

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Diabetic kidney disease, also known as diabetic nephropathy, is a serious complication of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, affecting up to about 30 percent of individuals with the disease. Preventing kidney damage is a challenge, which is why a new prevention target discovered by scientists could be good news.

Scientists inJapanhave found a new target for diabetic kidney disease in mice, and it’s called osteopontin. This molecule is involved in the inflammatory process, and inflammation has been established as playing a key role in diabetic nephropathy, as shown in a number of studies, including a new review in Mediators of Inflammation.

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